- We’re mid-travel sequence here with @chrisburkard @jamesqmartin
and friends to visit the Chilean Patagonian conservation areas that are a big part of the legacy of @thenorthface
co-founder Doug Tompkins this week! ~
Since I’m bleary eyed and also still under the sinus infection spell from Nepal from my recent trip with @jetbutterflies
, I’m sharing his visceral words with a photo of Ama Dablam just before sunrise: ~
It’s early morning now, and I’m on a train to the airport. The sun is crawling up over London, grey and serious, plated with gold. The train cab is heavy with our silence and our luggage. We look down at our feet. We wonder if we will make our flights.
I’m having a hard time grasping that only two weeks ago, I was keeping company with giants - weary and entirely alive on the tail end of a month amongst the high, cold, and sacred Himalayas.
I thought that maybe more if that place would have stayed with me. Changed my skin or my gait somehow. But it hasn’t.
I’m just another commuter today. Another man staring at his phone while the sunrise burns outside, ignored.
The only noticeable legacy I can claim is a lingering and occasionally serious cough. In the mornings it still leaves me doubled over, gasping for air. It breaks the silence on the train. People look at me without directly looking. I sound terrible. I’m not embarrassed.
There is some solace in knowing that perhaps a bit of that place is still in me. Itching. Fighting to be heard. Irritating the square life I’m in. Shaking it up. Keeping me company until I’m once again back and healthy and free.